Back to school can be a crazy time for families. My friend Zeane Barber knows this from
both sides. Zeane has been teaching here many years now. When she earned her Masters in education at Chico State she was still raising 6 children right here in Susanville! She's a powerhouse that has affected so many in a positive way Who better to give us a few tips for beginning the school year right.~
"With the new school year about to start students get excited and a little anxious. Here are a few tips to make the transition from summer to school a smooth one.
Most important is to make sure your student is registered in school. If this is your child’s first time in school (kindergarten), thereis a change in school, or you are new to the area check with the schools main office to register your student. The first day of school is a hectic one and this will alleviate the stress.
Next, be prepared. Purchase school supplies ahead of time. The four necessary items needed to start school are a backpack, writing utensils, folders, and lined paper. My son Jerred says the Ticonderoga is the Cadillac of pencils but any number two pencil will do. A handheld sharpener with a collection tray will cut down on classroom disruptions. If pens are allowed (usually for the upper grades) choose blue or black. With all the cool colors of pens it is tempting but some are hard to see and distract from the hard work put into the project. Folders with pockets will help your student stay organized. Typicallyneeded is one for each subject matter. Also purchase lined paper either in a spiral notebook or loose paper to be kept in a 3 ring binder. For specific needs check with the school.
Finally, reestablish a school schedule 3-5 days before the start of school. Go to bed earlier and get up as if school had started. Spend the extra time with family in these last days of summer. Start each day with breakfast. Studies show that students who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom.
P.S. Lassen High now has water bottle filling stations so include a reusable water bottle to your school purchases."
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